Principals Newsletter - Beginning of Term 2

May 2, 2022

Principals Newsletter - Beginning of Term 2

Kia ora koutou whanau / parents

Further to my newsletter I posted on the school facebook page last night, I would like to welcome back all students, staff, whanau and parents to Whangarei Primary School for Term 2. Whilst we are hoping for more normality and momentum this term, it is important to remember that we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Whilst numbers of Covid cases have declined in recent times, there are still reports of 200 + cases in Northland each day, and with Winter approaching, we need to be mindful of our personal duties for others. Therefore we need to continue to demonstrate our school value of Akonga Tutika (Responsibility) by:

  • Staying at home if unwell / showing symptoms of Covid, even if you have tested negative (a negative can quickly turn to a positive)
  • Continuing to practise excellent hygiene procedures (washing hands, sneezing & coughing into elbows, using hand sanitiser
  • Being kind and empathetic towards all people by respecting their rights to wear or not wear masks.
  • Continue to practise social distancing inside classrooms, where possible.

In my facebook post last night I talked about building works happening throughout the remainder of this year impacting on school life. To be clear about the projects that are planned, these are the details:

  • Whole school external painting programme - Term 2 / weekends + July holidays
  • Roofing project for Middle Block (Rooms 8-12 + staffroom) - weeks 1&2 Term 2
  • Classroom renovations Rooms 13-17 - Week 7 - end of term + July holidays
  • Roofing Project for Rooms 13-17 - Week 7 - end of term + July holidays
  • New Reception Building at front of school - Term 2 until February / March 2023
  • Murals / posters & sculptures around the school - Term 2 to end of year

Much of this building work will be completed by the time we are looking to commemorate our 150th Anniversary (November / December 2022), thereby ensuring the school is looking great for these celebrations. The new Reception Building is the only project that is likely not to have been completed in time for these celebrations.

Finally, it is fabulous to be able to open up our school gates once again to parents and whanau. We have struggled with the limitations forced upon us by Covid, and collectively we are extremely relieved and excited at the prospect of welcoming whanau and parents to assemblies, powhiri, sports days, student conferences, special events, kapa haka performances and other suchlike events. In fact, our first assembly is taking place tomorrow at 2.00 p.m. under the covered area and I would like to extend an invite to any parents and whanau to come along to participate. These assemblies will continue to be livestreamed for those parents who cannot attend but would still live to view them online. There will also be a whole school powhiri on Thursday 5 May at 9.15 a.m. under the covered area, where we will welcome all new students, staff and whanau into our kura. This powhiri will include all those new to us since the beginning of the year, as we have been unable to stage a powhiri due to Covid. Any parents or whanau who would like to attend and tautoko this process are more than welcome to do so. There will be a special invitation going out today to all parents and whanau of these new students.

I am really positive and optimistic about the oncoming term. I look forward to catching up with those of you who can attend assembly or the powhiri this week.

Nga mihi nui

Matua Danny